American Gladiators (Giant Bomb|Wikipedia) is a licensed game based on the popular TV show of the same name. American Gladiators was published on several platforms including the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, NES, and Amiga – I played the NES version which is missing the ‘Atlasphere’ level that is in the other versions according to the Giant Bomb wiki.
American Gladiators consists of 5 events and then a final level. The 5 events are: Assault, Human Cannonball, The Wall, Powerball, and Joust. I was able to finish all events except The Wall, where you are forced to mash the A and B button as well as the D-Pad to climb as fast as possible. It was just too difficult for me to get used to the controls. As for the other events, they were decent enough (my favorite being Assault), but none of them would keep anyone entertained for more than a few minutes.
The graphics were fine for the era (this released in 1991), but the music and sound were quite bad. There were some acceptable music tracks, but the main theme is dreadful.
Verdict: Back on the shelf. Since I played this game almost to its entirety in just 30 minutes, I doubt I’ll go back to it.
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